Longtime Boone County Clerk Wendy Noren submitted her resignation letter to Gov. Eric Greitens on Thursday and will leave the office at the end of this month, Noren said in a statement emailed to reporters. Noren cited health reasons for her resignation, which said was “by far the hardest task I have ever had to do in all my years as county clerk.” Noren took a leave of absence in 2013 to undergo treatment for a condition similar to colorectal cancer. Aside from her leave of absence, Noren continued to oversee her office operations and county’s elections while battling cancer. “In recent weeks my health has deteriorated rapidly and there are no viable treatment options available,” Noren said in her statement. “To continue trying to do my job will only place an additional burden on my family, my staff, and the other elected officials.”
Noren was hired in 1978 by former county clerk and state legislator Chris Kelly, and has won election to the office nine times starting in 1982.
… In her capacity as president of the National Association of Counties, former Southern District Commissioner Karen Miller appointed Noren to serve as one of the the organization’s representatives on the U.S. Election Assistance Commission advisory board.
Miller said Noren traveled to Washington, D.C. frequently to help write the Help America Vote Act. Noren advocated that the federal government pay election authorities to implement the law and expressed her concern for rural counties that couldn’t afford election expenses prompted by the law, Miller said. The federal government paid for election machines, which Miller said can be attributed to Noren’s efforts. “I have the greatest respect for her mind,” Miller said. “She’s just incredible.”
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